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Welcome Board - START HERE! / I'm Baaaaack!
« Last post by heidi52 on June 20, 2018, 08:06:44 AM »
After a brief respite I am back and so glad to see that My Writers Circle isn't dead, despite the headlines in the tabloids.

I will wear my new newbie status with pride, but beware: This is not my first rodeo, and those who know me, know I don't sugar coat my feelings.

Look forward to seeing old and new friends around the boards.
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Welcome Board - START HERE! / Hello All
« Last post by DallasWorth on June 19, 2018, 09:22:59 PM »
I'm Dallas, I write pretty varied YA. High Fantasy? I've got a plot for that. Dystopia? A Personal Favorite. Urban Fantasy? I just finished my first manuscript and I am very proud. Up until now I've had 1 beta reader so I figured it was high time I go do some networking and get some critique!
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Review My Work / Review my short story "John's Angel"
« Last post by Jan The Man on June 19, 2018, 02:35:53 PM »
This is a portion of my short story John's Angel. Any form of criticism is welcomed.


Having tightened the final screw on the new patio chair John took a step back to admire his handy work. He took a deep breath feeling glad that the entire set had now been completed. All that was needed was to apply the final touches. The sound of a car horn diverted his attention. “Finally.” he said. The package he was waiting so long for was here at last. He dusted himself off heading out to the gate. Sure enough there stood the courier’s truck on the other side of the gate.
Running up John went outside closing the gate behind him. He noticed the driver side door was open and the young woman wearing sunglasses going through her papers. She finally got out with a box in her hands. “I have a package for-” she said looking closer at the invoice. “John Stanton.” She turned her attention to John and stared with a blank expression. “That’s me.” he said. John noticed the woman stared at him consistently but at the same time she seemed familiar to him. “Do you still remember me?” she asked. John smiled realizing that he did indeed. “I thought you looked familiar.” She stepped forward and put her arms around him giving him a very tight hug. “It’s Christelle from school.”
“Yeah I know, how have you been?”
“Great, I have two kids and I’m now married to Devon Andrews.
“What happened to Gerry?”
“He cheated on me again, the bastard.”
“Again?”
“Yip, we got married again, had another baby and then he cheated again.”
With all the catching up Christelle suddenly remembered why she was there. “Here’s your package.” she said while also handing him a form and a pen. “Just sign this for me.” John took the pen and paper and as he was about to sign the form his hand shook so much he could barely move it. That was something that hasn’t happened in long time. When it did he was usually very nervous. Finally he managed to sign his signature. Afterwards Christelle instructed John to turn over to the next page that also required his signature. “So,” Christelle said, “What do you do for a living now? Do you have any kids?”
“I don’t have kids but I was involved with someone, it didn’t work out. I’m a carpenter now, I design anything from patio sets, bedroom closets to office furniture and bar counters.”
“That’s great, do you have workshop or factory?”
“I had a workshop but the rent started becoming too expensive so I set up shop right behind the garage.”
“So you’re working from your house.”
“Exactly.”
John folded up the forms and handed them back. Christelle nodded, exchanged the package for the forms and moved back to the truck. “Okay,” she said, “good luck with building all that furniture.” She returned to give John one last hug which lasted a bit longer than the first. The second she let go John wanted stop her and ask if she could stay just a little bit longer. Although he knew she still had a job to do. John watched her get in and start the engine. As she reversed John quickly stepped forward with package in hand. “Goodbye and drive safe.” Before driving off she looked at him with that familiar bright smile. “Thanks and again good luck.”
Finally off she went and he could barely keep his eyes from filling with tears. How he longed to tell her for so long. If only he had a moment to tell her the truth behind why he never called her back when they were kids. It was a time long before Facebook or social media in general was even an afterthought. A time when kids still played card games or the type of games they played outdoors like hide and seek. When people had conversations with each other face to face and not via text messages on cell phones. Where the only way to keep in touch was to write letters that weren’t sent via E-mail but by post office or to call each other on the landlines.
He remembers that very day she walked into that classroom. It was the very first time a girl ever drew his eye. She was so beautiful and as he would later find out, so angry. The boys in their class teased her so much that she was so worked up. When John only wanted to do something as harmless as say hello she demonstrated her well learned self-defence moves on him. After that he wouldn’t bother with her up until each student in the class was instructed to sit with a friend. Apparently no one wanted to sit with John so he thought he’d be by himself. Until he heard the voice of Mrs Manson “John, go and sit with Christelle.” John was completely surprised to hear those words. He never would’ve thought she’d be alone too.
At first he wanted to ask if Mrs Manson was serious. Did she really think it would be a good idea for him to sit with her? When Mrs Manson noticed John hadn’t moved from his table she told him more insistently. With the chair in hand he moved slowly like he snuck up on the table where Christelle was sitting. Thinking that if he didn’t make any sudden moves he’d be okay. He sat down in silence looking directly at her. She was the prettiest little psycho he had ever seen at that stage. Although John had made peace with the fact that she probably didn’t like him because of the other boys always teasing her. From then on every time they sat together Christelle would just ignore him. Although John often tried to be polite and would kindly ask her if they could just have a conversation because the silence was driving him a tad crazy. She would only continue to occupy herself with something she was busy with on her lap and not even give him a glance.
John even tried telling some jokes. “I got one,” he said. “Two zeros walk down the road and spot an eight walking right past them. The zero tells his buddy ‘look how tight that guy’s belt is.’ He practically pulled out his greatest hits compilation yet Christelle still ignored him. Eventually John topped off his attempts at humour with a joke which emphasized his disappointment. “Guess who looks like an idiot for telling a bunch of dumb jokes?” After a brief pause He finally added. “Me!” Still she never even looked up. John then pressed his fist on his cheeks and just watched the stubborn little angel fool around with whatever she was busy with.
It would go on like that for a week and it didn’t matter if John told more jokes or started having conversations with the chair he was sitting on or if he told a story about Cinderella being abducted by the wolf and her father the king called on the seven dwarfs to go rescue her. She just wouldn’t allow him the time of day. John even decided to give up getting her attention. He didn’t know what to do anymore now that nothing he tried worked. Until one Friday when he sat staring at her in silence and a boy in their class, Brian Deacon started teasing her again. “Hey Christelle,” he said. “What are you and I doing this weekend?” She probably gave Brian a look of discuss that would make any boy beg for forgiveness on the spot. “We won’t be doing anything. I’d be too sick at the thought of even hearing your voice.”
“Oh come on, Christelle. You know you want me you’re just too shy to admit it.”
“Not shy enough to tell you to keep dreaming.”
“I plan to, I’ve been dreaming about you since you came to class.”
Instead of replying Christelle simply rolled her eyes then turned her attention to whatever she did on her lap. John examined this whole thing with her and Brian. As odd as it was he found it quite amusing and developed a mild grin. “Are you and Deacon over here really an item?” Christelle looked at him with an even more disapproving look than the one she gave Brian. “What?”
“Are you and Brian really an item?”
“No we’re not an item, I can’t stand him.”
“If you were I’d probably feel sorry for one of you.”
“We’re not.
“It’s okay really but if you’re going to ignore a guy because you’re trying to be loyal the least you can do is date someone better to show you have some taste.”
“Look, we’re not dating so quit it.”
She gave John that fierce expression and all John did was hold up his hands in surrender. While Christelle again turned her attention away John thought to himself oh little miss sensitive. Then it struck him like a sudden bolt of lightning, she’s sensitive. Christelle didn’t like it when John implied that she and Brian were dating. Finally John found out how to lure a reaction out of her. Unfortunately the school bell rang before John could put his new discovery to the test so it would’ve had to wait until next time. He was very pleased with himself having realised that he found something that pinched a nerve. Filled with confidence John left the class thinking You’ve had your fun up to this point little princess, next time it’s my turn.
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The Coffee Shop / Long time no see!
« Last post by Stupot on June 19, 2018, 12:16:30 PM »
Wow!

It’s been 10+ years since I last posted here. Hope everyone is well.

I was actually searching Google for a different reason and MyWritersCircle came up and it suddenly all came flooding back. I’m not sure why I stopped posting. I went to Japan then came back home and got busy with an Access course, then went off to uni and kept forgetting to check in.

I doubt anyone remembers me but I thought I’d pop in and say hi.

And blow me, my password worked first time! How did I manage that?

The best thing about coming back is seeing that the Crap Joke Thread I started is still going strong. Thanks for keeping it warm while I was away.

See you around.

Stu
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I have to say it's an interesting take on the concept. I don't know if you are submitting it as a free form flow of thought, if so i say nothing needs to be changed. If as a traditional poetry then I'd say look into giving it more structure and filing for the reader to better understand and relate.
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Exoflo, do you understand the meaning behind the phrase "I am that I am."

Meros, do you mean the time a bush was on fire but wasn't burning?

Yes Exoflo, do you understand the meaning behind it?

No Meros, but i have a feeling your going to explain it to me.

No Exoflo, that is where you are wrong. I cannot teach you something like that. That is something you must Kata through.

....

I met Meros a long time ago. You see on the outside I look like everyone else, but on the inside, well let's just say I'm different.

You see in Kata... oh Kata is what we call life. Most people say they "live the life" or "wish they had a better life". We don't say things this way. We call life Kata. Life to us is not something we live or have. To explain it in your terms, life is like a sensei. When you do something right Kata rewards you, do something wrong and Kata corrects you.

Its like what Meros says, "some learn through obedience, others disobedience, the most important thing is to learn. Failure in that, that is the greatest failure either way."

Oh yeah, Meros is my Paternal Shaman. We all have one. Meros says that those who don't know their paternal shaman don't stand still long enough to feel the whirlwinds on a windless day, or stay quiet long enough to hear the screams of a whisper.

He came to me early on. Most do, it's just that we out grow them. Faster than we learn from them. I was no different, yet was very different at the same time.

For me learning from Kata wasn't working out the way it was meant to be. So the Eternal Paternal sent Meros to me.

Oh right, I keep forgetting, the Eternal Paternal is the one we were all created from. Kata my teacher, Meros my mentor and me too, of course, the student. We call come from the Eternal Paternal.

Let me try to explain this. Most belivet that this world was born, then we were born, then we will die, then the world will die. Just like any story, beginning, middle, end.  However, that is not so.

Kata is no fairy tale. Don't get caught saying that! I'm sure Kata would have a thing or two to say about that.

Well call all existence part of the One Eternal Eon. That means there was not a beginning, there is not a middle, and there will not be an ending. Its like a song long ago... it never ends.

People always get confused when I try to explain this. Before here we were there, after this we go back, but not all go beyond after, because not everyone wants to continue. For some Kata is too much.

Which I can understand.
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The Writers Circle / Keeping track of timelines
« Last post by Aviola on June 18, 2018, 11:43:17 AM »
Hi everyone,

My first novel pretty much just followed the two main characters, so keeping the timings of events in order was pretty simple.
The story I'm working on now is meant to be more of an ensemble, so I was wondering if anyone has any tips for assembling it all?

Thanks
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Welcome Board - START HERE! / Yo
« Last post by Aviola on June 18, 2018, 11:15:49 AM »
Hi all,

I'm a former aspiring writer who'd like to give it another shot. At the moment I'm kept much too busy by my 2 year old to actually sit down and write but I'm mulling over ideas and trying to get a chapter plan down.

I write fantasy novels. My first is self published on kindle, but with zero promotion it sank straight into obscurity.

I've never tried an online writers circle before, thought I'd give it a go.
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Welcome Board - START HERE! / Poem
« Last post by Blake Roadmill on June 17, 2018, 07:31:42 PM »
Bitten

I don't know where it came from?
I really don't know!

Bitten,it bit me,I didn't do anything.
Wow! What a snake it is?
Oh! What a serpent it is?
I didn't feel anything, when I was bitten.

The snake laughed at me,
This serpent mocked me.
Because I ran away
Ran away after I got bitten.

Venom has started spreading
It has started functioning
It has started melting tissues.
"Now it hurts,it hurts,
I am afraid ,it hurts ".

I am feeling dizzy, I can't see
" why I can't see anything?!
I was not blind"
Hands and fingers are shaking, thirsty.
I need water, I can't run anymore,
I can't live anymore.
Happy I am now
Confident I am now.
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The Coffee Shop / Re: The Crap Joke Thread / Adult Content
« Last post by Michael Edits on June 16, 2018, 09:15:47 AM »
Went out last night for Halloween dressed as a chicken
Met a girl dressed as an egg.
A lifelong question was answered.
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